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                                      CINCINNATI -- Derek Holland is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday and start for the Texas Rangers that night when they begin a two-game interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Authentic Jerseys Cheap .Holland has been on the disabled list since June 22 with left shoulder inflammation and hasnt pitched for the Rangers since June 20. He made three rehab starts for Triple-A Round Rock and had a bullpen session on Saturday.Were hopeful hell be ready to go, but when a guy has worked his way back from the disabled list you dont know whats going to happen until you get through it, said manager Jeff Banister. Its a much different pace pitching back in a major league game.Holland will be facing the Reds for the first time in his career. With Holland going on Tuesday, Yu Darvish will start Wednesdays series finale for Texas on six days rest.The American League West-leading Rangers lost two of three at Tampa Bay over the weekend but remain in control of the division.Cincinnati split a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that concluded on Monday afternoon.Texas is below .500 this season against teams with a losing record. Cincinnati (53-71) isnt the typical losing team, at least not at the moment.Since the All-Star break the Reds are 21-14 and have won eight of 11 series.I just think that part of it is one of those stats you can look at and scratch your head at, said Banister of the poor mark against losing clubs. But I dont think there is any merit to saying we dont play as hard or we let down, were not focused. No thats not the case.The Rangers will be facing one of Cincinnatis most consistent starting pitchers in right-hander Dan Straily, who was a member of three teams during spring training before finally sticking with the Reds.Straily is no stranger to facing the Rangers, having made 11 career appearances against them, including 10 starts.In seven starts since the All-Star break, Straily is 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Opponents are batting .217 against him and he hasnt allowed more than two runs in any of his starts since the break.Control has been the key for Straily, who hasnt walked a batter in 22 2/3 innings. He leads the Reds pitching staff in wins, innings, strikeouts and quality starts.This after being traded, waived and eventually claimed by the Reds prior to Opening Day.I didnt know where I was going to be, Straily said. I just wanted to keep that carrot out there.Texas and Cincinnati enter this weeks series tied 7-7 and one series apiece in their interleague matchups. The teams split a two-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington in June.Cincinnati will try to rebound from a rough 18-9 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.Its a loss, said Reds manager Bryan Price. It was uglier and took a lot longer than 1-0 or 4-3. We just didnt have an answer for their offense. We had a lot of hits and scored some runs. Thats what you take out of it. You move on. Its one ballgame. You start fresh tomorrow. Cheap Jerseys NFL . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. Cheap Carson Wentz Jersey . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. http://www.chinawholesalecheapjerseysnfl.com/ . -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Oakland RaidersOverall: 85 Title track: 41 Ownership: 104 Coaching: 24 Players: 48 Fan relations: 69 Affordability: 54 Stadium experience: 119 Bang for the buck: 86 Change from last year: +20The Oakland Raiders last trip to the playoffs -- let alone their last winning record -- came when quarterback Derek Carr was 11 years old, in sixth grade and watching his older brother David get sacked 76 times as the NFLs No. 1 overall draft pick. In other words, it was in 2002. Raiders fans are betting on the younger Carr having learned from the struggles of his older brother to get this proud franchise back up and running ... wherever its future home is, be it Oakland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or parts unknown.Whats goodThe much critiqued plan of owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie appears to be coming to fruition, and fans judged this new-and-improved roster a vast upgrade, boosting it 51 spots in the players category (to 48th). All it took was two years of deconstruction and two more building back up. Oakland has finally again become a destination for sought-after free agents like OL Kelechi Osemele, LB Bruce Irvin, CB Sean Smith and FS Reggie Nelson. And McKenzies recent drafts, selecting the likes of Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Khalil Mack, have given Oakland a strong, young nucleus around which to build a competitive team -- and give fans hope for the immediate future.Whats badWas it merely karma that on the 50th anniversary of the September day the Oakland Coliseum opened, the Raiders laid a silver and bblack egg in a deflating loss to the Falcons? The Coliseum is not quite quaint, not yet old enough to be seen as historic and, well, it has severe and well-publicized plumbing issues. China Wholesale Jerseys. . In these standings, the Raiders placed second-to-last in sports in having a great stadium (the only team worse? Uh, the As). The narrow concourse areas are exercises in claustrophobia for fans during games and, as the lone remaining facility to still host NFL and major league baseball games, the torn-up grass and baseball dirt infield is not pleasurable for players in either sport in the crossover months of August and September. Football players have to deal with losing traction -- and skin on their elbows and forearms -- on the slippery dirt. Still wondering why the Raiders want (and need) a new stadium?Whats newEveryone knows the denizens of Raider Nation are among the most loyal in all of sports. Theyd have to be, given what theyve endured since getting thumped in Super Bowl XXXVII -- the team has gone a combined 63-145 (.303) since. So its a testament to the fans and front office that fan relations is up 22 spots since last year, thanks in large part to coach Jack Del Rio, in his second season in Oakland, who has changed the culture and is a major reason why the excitement and optimism surrounding the team feels different. And Las Vegas move be damned: The fans have bought in, selling out season tickets and parking passes this season. Thats loyalty.Next: Philadelphia Eagles?| Full rankings ' ' '